Feb 24 - How Jesus and Bill Anders changed humanity forever.

Click here to see the video that Jonathan refers to in his sermon:


Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available, we shall, in an emotional sense, acquire an additional dimension... Once let the sheer isolation of the Earth become plain to every man, whatever his nationality or creed, and a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose. (1948)
— Fred Hoyle (1948)
Well, we now have such a photograph... Has any new idea been let loose? It certainly has. You will have noticed how suddenly everybody has become seriously concerned to protect the natural environment... It seems to me more than a coincidence that this awareness should have happened at exactly the moment man took his first step into space.
— Fred Hoyle (2001)

Father Jonathan ties together the first public views of Earth that came from the Appollo eight mission with Jesus' "view" of Earth. (Astronaut William Anders took the photo that changed the world, "Earthrise", on Christmas Eve, 1968.)

The Earth-photos that the astronauts sent back gave us a new ecstatic* view of the physical planet. Jesus gave us a new ecstatic view of humankind's place on it and of it.

Listen to the sermon here.

*Ecstatic: an altered state of consciousness characterized by greatly reduced external awareness and expanded interior mental and spiritual awareness which is frequently accompanied by visions and emotional/intuitive (and sometimes physical) euphoria. Subjective perception of time, space and/or self may strongly change or disappear during ecstasy.